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Stoke City pepper-spray incident 'justified' in 'challenging situation' - police

The Bet365 Stadium, home of Stoke City.
Police used pepper spray to control a crowd of Stoke City fans during a game away against Preston North End.

Police defended their decision to use pepper spray on Stoke City fans during a game at Preston North End on Saturday but acknowledged they can learn from the incident.

A number of fans, including a 12-year-old boy, were subject to crowd-control measures during half-time of the 2-2 draw at Deepdale, leading to criticism that officers unnecessarily escalated the situation.

After a review earlier this week, Lancashire Constabulary chief superintendent Pete Lawson said the officers used the pepper spray...

Stoke City fans file police complaint after use of pepper spray on crowd

Deepdale in Preston, England, before Preston North End's Championship game against Stoke City.
Some Stoke City fans travelling to Deepdale on Saturday were pepper-sprayed by police.

A woman has filed a police complaint after her 12-year-old son was among the Stoke City fans pepper-sprayed by officers at half-time of an away game against Preston North End on Saturday.

Lancashire police utilised crowd-control measures, including pepper spray, at an incident involving a number of Stoke supporters who were attempting to exit Deepdale after the first half.

Robert Spain and his son Alfie were among those on the concourse during the incident, and Alfie's mother, Claire Wise, told...